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LGBTQIA2S+ artists’ work on display at West Kelowna Grizzli Winery

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In honour of Fall and Pride celebrations, Grizzli Winery in West Kelowna is amplifying the work of Okanagan artists. Sydney Morton has more about the works being showcased – Oct 12, 2021

LGBTQIA2S+ artists’ work is being put in the spotlight at West Kelowna’s Grizzli Winery.

The exhibit features three artists: photographer Jess Beaudin, interdisciplinary artist Shimshon Obadia and oil and acrylic artist Teshia Saunders.

“We can’t just portray art from well-known artists, we can’t just portray art from big cities or well-known community members… we have to make sure that we are providing a platform and a space — especially space as large as vast as we do have here — and making sure that we are welcoming each and every person in our community,” said Breanna Nathorst, Grizzli Winery’s sales and events coordinator.

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The work on display shares pieces of themselves in each photograph, painting and creation.

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For their installation, Obadia used different forms of film and film processing featuring fake flowers underneath self-portraits.

“[The photos are] of me dancing in some of my favourite skirts,” said Obadia.

“The idea here is that through the practice of self-activism and self-advocacy use the imagery of, in this case, myself, being a transgender, queer, polyamorous, pansexual person celebrating all the aspects of my identity, just doing the very celebratory movement of dancing in some of my favourite skirts.”

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For Saunders, she makes her artistic debut the West Kelowna exhibit where she shares her passion for the environment.

“I have sort of my more landscape work and then I have also my ‘cosmic face’ work, which is my personal favourite, and both symbolize how we as people put on our own view onto the environment that … we want to see, instead of the actual impact that we’re having [on the planet],” said Saunders.
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The Pride Exhibition will be on display at Grizzli Winery until Nov. 28.

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